carnaval miami

Miami’s biggest, most festive party is coming soon — and the Blue Moon Hotel is ready. Though we’re located across the bay in Miami Beach, Carnaval spans geographic boundaries to encompass the greater South Florida area.

At the heart of Miami’s annual Carnaval is the community of Little Havana, a rich melting pot of Latin American cultures that comes together in a cohesive celebration each spring. Carnaval itself goes beyond the borders of one event in particular, instead spreading across multiple weeks and venues across the area.

The party gets started with a pair of running races on March 1st before transforming to include diverse events such as a cooking contest, golf tournament, domino competition, and beauty pageant, among others.

The centerpiece of the festival is Carnaval on the Mile, a weekend-long party along Miracle Mile, Coral Gables’ main thoroughfare. The Carnaval on the Mile event is the place to hear the latest and greatest Latin Jazz, Caribbean, and Funk performers. In addition to dancing, live music, and family-friendly activities, Carnaval on the Mile provides a smorgasbord of Latin cuisine, including dishes from the neighborhood’s best restaurants.

One week after Carnaval on the Mile, the Calle Ocho Festival takes center stage. Held along the Eighth Street corridor in Little Havana, the Calle Ocho Festival is a no-holds-barred party. Twelve stages are set up throughout the festival grounds, as Reggaeton, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Bachata, Balaga, and other genres from across the Caribbean provide an aural backdrop for the city’s liveliest celebration.


Blue Moon Picks – Carnaval 2015 in Miami:

  • Carnaval Miami Run (5K road race)
    • March 1 – Calle Ocho, Little Havana
  • Carnaval Miami Cooking Contest
    • March 5 – Winn-Dixie at 32nd Avenue and Coral Way, Miami
  • Carnaval on the Mile
    • March 7-8 – Miracle Mile, Coral Gables
  • Carnaval Miami Domino Tournament
    • March 11 – Domino Park
  • Carnaval Miami Golf Classic
    • March 12 – Country Club of Miami
  • Calle Ocho Festival
    • March 15 – Little Havana, Miami


Learn more about Carnaval Miami 2015.